Flow Chart

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This article is about the poem by John Ashbery. For the process mapping diagram, see Flowchart.
Flow Chart
Author John Ashbery
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date
Pages 216
ISBN 0679402012

Flow Chart is a long poem by the American writer John Ashbery, published in its own volume in 1991.


Scott Mahler wrote in the Los Angeles Times: "Ashbery's poetry has been called mysterious, original, difficult, dream-like, Romantic, a part of the continuum of American poetry that includes Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens and Hart Crane. It's also been called elusive, inauthentic, unmusical and overmannered. Flow Chart is easily all of these things... Ashbery has shown us again that he can go more than the distance we expect of great poets, but neither the terrain he covers nor the course he takes is altogether very exciting. Flow Chart is a great accomplishment, but it sometimes reads more like a big effort than a real tour de force."[1]

The book was reviewed in Publishers Weekly: "Ashbery invents and reinvents his self in this book-length stream-of-consciousness poem. In manically articulate free verse of long, supple lines, he conjures a secular landscape dotted with shadows of ancient gods... Ashbery (Some Trees) weaves a haunted, haunting music around ... big questions, squeezing joy, ennui, despair, hope and a thirst for belonging out of ordinary experience.[2]

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  1. ^ Mahler, Scott (1991-06-23). "An Amplitude of Ashbery". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Fiction Review: Flow Chart: A Poem by John Ashbery". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-22.